Ipswich Town could look to appoint Neil Warnock as their new manager if they sack current boss Paul Lambert, a report from a print edition of The Sunday Mirror (01/03, p74) has claimed.
Following a promising start to the season, a run of just win from their last seven league games has seen the Tractor Boys drop from top of the League One table to ninth, five points adrift of the play-off places.
A last-minute defeat away at Blackpool on Saturday afternoon has further increased the pressure on Lambert in the Ipswich dugout, and it seems the club already have plans in place in case their recent struggles continue.
According to the latest reports, Warnock is being lined up to take over from Lambert at Portman Road, and will do so if Ipswich’s recent results fail to improve sooner rather than later.
Warnock has been out of work since leaving Cardiff back in November after seeing his contract terminated by mutual agreement, with the club having suffered relegation from the Premier League at the end of last season.
Ipswich’s next game sees them host promotion rivals Fleetwood Town at Portman Road on Tuesday night, in what is the first of 12 games the Tractor Boys still have to play between now and the end of the season.
I think this has the potential to be a decent appointment for Ipswich.
The Tractor Boys will still be harbouring hopes of promotion this season, and Warnock is certainly someone who has the sort of pedigree to suggest that he would be able to achieve that success at Portman Road.
However, it does seem as though Lambert will be given the chance to rectify things first at Portman Road, and having started the season so promisingly, you feel he will still be backing himself to do that, particularly having only recently signed a long-term contract with the club.
Indeed, with Warnock previously expressing his intent to retire at the end of this season, you also have to wonder whether or not this would be an appointment that could secure the situation in the long-term for Ipswich.